first name


Definition of first name

: the name that stands first in one's full name

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Examples of first name in a Sentence

Children at the school call their teachers by their first names. the parents still haven't picked a first name for the baby
Recent Examples on the Web Earlier in the day, Tarrio, whose legal first name is Henry, was also sued by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in relation to the banner-burning incident. Will Carless, USA TODAY, "Proud Boys leader arrested for destruction of property ahead of DC protests against election results," 4 Jan. 2021 But Colorado State Police trooper Pointon, whose first name wasn't given, caught him in the act. CBS News, "Grinch caught green-handed apparently stealing Christmas again," 25 Dec. 2020 Johnson, whose first name is pronounced kuh-MY-you, routinely stops mid-thought to thank those who provide a critical base, beginning with Auger. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Kamaiu Johnson tested on rugged road to PGA Tour stop at Torrey Pines," 24 Dec. 2020 Founded in Blackpool, England, by Trevor Wilkinson in 1946, TVR (the name comes from letters in his first name) is known for its wild high-end front-engine rear-wheel-drive sports cars, including the Griffith, Trident, and Sagaris. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "12 Cool Cars Finally Legal for U.S. Import in 2021," 21 Dec. 2020 Mina Queen — whose first name was misspelled Mima in printed reports of the case — and her daughter Louisa therefore remained enslaved. Washington Post, "The enslaved families who went to court to win their freedom," 11 Dec. 2020 Officer Folsome, whose first name was not provided by the Sheriff's Office, died when a semitruck rear-ended his vehicle, the Sheriff's Office said in a statement early Wednesday. Emily Wilder, The Arizona Republic, "Maricopa County Sheriff's Office detention officer killed in crash on State Route 85," 26 Nov. 2020 The initials very likely refer to Zlochevsky, whose first name is rendered in English as Nicholas. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "The Hunter Emails," 14 Oct. 2020 The necklace can be dressed up or down and is personalized with the initial of their first name displayed in the pendant. Samantha Matt, USA TODAY, "17 awesome last-minute gifts that will arrive before Christmas," 21 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of first name

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of first name was in the 14th century

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13 Jan 2021

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“First name.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of first name

: the name that comes first in someone's full name

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